Unwind by the sea in Sidmouth

Photos: Sidmouth town

Shopping in Sidmouth town centre and paddling on Jacob’s Ladder beach

Sidmouth is a friendly unspoilt seaside town in East Devon. It has a thriving town centre with a unique mixture of independent shops, galleries, pubs, cafes and restaurants. There’s a cinema and theatre as well as gardens, playgrounds and a public swimming pool. The focal point is the long esplanade where visitors enjoy leisurely strolls along the seafront with views along the distinctive red cliffs of the Devon coastline.

Elisabeth & Leslie J wrote “We have been visiting Sidmouth two to three times a year for the past 30 years. We recommend it so many times to people we meet and all our friends and family. It just keeps getting better, great places to eat and places to visit. To us there’s no place like Sidmouth”.

Sidmouth Folk Festival

Every year, at the beginning of August, the town plays host to a week long folk music and dance festival that attracts visitors from all over the world. The effects echo throughout the year with regular live music performed in venues around the town and on the High Street.

Photos: Sidmouth album

Sidmouth photo album

Get a flavour of the town and beaches from this collection of our favourite pictures.

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Walks around Sidmouth

Walks around Sidmouth

From gentle strolls along the river valley to bracing cliff top hikes there are walks to suit everyone in this part of East Devon, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary

Sidmouth is home to the world’s largest donkey and mule charity and it’s usually open to the public every day of the year. Here you’ll find dozens of curious, friendly donkeys loving the attention they get from visitors of all ages.

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Valley of a million bulbs

Valley of a million bulbs

You can’t miss the arrival of spring in the Sid Valley when hundreds of thousands of bulbs burst into flower. And there’s an unusual story behind the cheerful displays.

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The Connaught Gardens

The Connaught Gardens

Perched on the cliff top you’ll find freely accessible walled gardens with a band stand, cafe and stunning views along the coast.

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Winter breaks in Sidmouth

Winter breaks in Sidmouth

Winter breaks in Sidmouth offer bracing seaside walks; cosy country pubs; relaxing evenings by the log burner; unique Christmas shopping opportunities and some unusual festive events.

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So much to do, pubs to try, shops to visit and the beach. Locals are all friendly.
Janine M from Solihull

March 2018

Sidmouth itself, in our opinion, is a very pretty town to stay in with fantastic views and a pretty little town centre with good places to eat. Whilst it is quiet it is definitely worth a visit.
Jenny & Eliot C from Bexley

September 2012

It’s a lot more peaceful than London!
Dickie T from London

April 2018

Sidmouth is a real walking town of quality. The walk down the Byes is lovely as is the sea front.
Stuart A from Birmingham

April 2017

Most memorable aspect: evening entertainments at Kennaway House and Sidholme musical evening.
Pauline & Neville G from Stockport

May 2015

We liked the range of independent shops and eateries in Sidmouth.
Rosemary & Michael M from Oldham

July 2014

Enjoyed the band in Connaught Gardens on Sunday evening
Claire T from Sandhurst

June 2018 and September 2017

Good shops, friendly people, great coffee shops, restaurants, botanical gardens and beach.
Juliett S from Shepperton

August 2014

Lovely seaside town with good selection of shops and lovely scenery.
Ann D from Stoke-on-Trent

November 2015

Lovely beaches, excellent choice of eateries, easy access by car to surrounding villages.
MPS from England

April 2015

A seaside town that still retains its original charm.
Peter N from Thaxted

July 2015

The Byes and village outstanding. Would move to Sidmouth tomorrow!
Angela P from the Isle of Wight

October 2016

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